The Union of Right and Left Opposition Forces in Azerbaijan Not Possible – Party Co-Chairman
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / Araz Alizadeh, the co-chairman of the Social-Democratic Party of Azerbaijan (SDPA) does not believe in the prospect of the unification of Azerbaijan right and left opposition forces." In general, the previous experience shows that no political unification is possible in Azerbaijan, as each political force has its own interests," Alizadeh said to Trend agency on 14 December.
The Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) founded in Azerbaijan, in 1988, became a leading force of the national liberation movement. The leaders of the party Abulfaz Elchibay, Etibar Mammadov, Isa Gambar, SAbir Rustamkhanli, Zardusht Alizadeh and others have established their parties.
Alizade said that the movement was split into several parties, as each leader had his own political interest and purpose. "Starting from 1993, the most unions established by the right opposition split after the expiry of the period. The Socialistic Azerbaijan bloc was the one force which united the left forces, later on which split as well. For 18 years I witnessed that the unification of the right and the left opposition forces for a long period is impossible," Alizadeh said.
Unions usually split due to the difference in the interests and the purposes of the members. SDPA's leader said that only the Union of the pro-Azerbaijani Forces, which unites three parties, sticks to the agreement, to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections, signed by 22 parties in 2000,
One of the co-chairmen of SDPA is Alizadeh and another is the ex-President of Azerbaijan Ayaz Mutallibov. Mutallibov was elected as the first President of Azerbaijan, after independence in 1991. In 1992, Mutallibov left the post after the Popular Front Party came into the power.